I currently live in northern Minnesota (you betcha) with my boyfriend, dog and cat. I'm very invovled in politics (impeach Bush!) and I also enjoy photography, painting and the culinary arts. I grew up in my grandmas kitchen, but I never really took to cooking until I was in high school. I moved to Colorado after college and worked at a gourmet foods store in Denver, catering and working in charcuterie. It was there that I discovered a real passion for cooking. I moved back to northern Minnesota and started working for an excellent chef at another gourmet market. You may be thinking 'northern minnesota?! All they eat is venison and sour kraut!' SO not true. I am hoping to start my own brewhouse/restaurant in Ely, MN within the next year.
My favorite things to cook
Being from Minnesota, I do love a good ol' hotdish when it's chilly outside (try 54 below). You'd understand, if you've lived here at any point in your life, what 'hotdish' is. I also love cooking mexican and asian dishes. Any excuse to add spice, I'll take it. I love dishes with bite, flair and color. I also admire french cuisine.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family is mostly Norweigian and I hate lefse and lutefisk, so I don't cook anything that is a 'tradition' in my family. My grandma rarely used salt and pepper, so I'm amazed at my passion for spicy foods.
My cooking triumphs
I'm quite confident with my culinary skills. I could cook anything you put in front of me.
My cooking tragedies
I once made brownies for an event that came out hard as a rock. (And it was a flaw in the recipe.) I'd weigh about 300 pounds if I baked sweets on a regular basis, so I save that for special events and holidays.